Who Can Say No to Music and Education?

The answer is…lots of people. Especially those who don’t understand how music can expand kids’ minds, develop creativity, teach discipline and tenacity, and actually improve test scores. To educate about on the cause behind Silicon Valley Rocks!, I’d like to share a bit about Music in Schools Today. That’s where the proceeds are headed.

What they do:

  • MuST reaches over 15,000 San Francisco Bay Area children a year with a variety of music programs in schools and community centers.
  • They recycle used musical instruments into schools. They hand tailor programs to meet individual school or center needs. MuST works especially with at-risk youth in our music circle program. We help the school to network into the community through children’s performances and after-school guitar & percussion classes. They spend a huge amount of time and money training teachers to integrate music into education.
  • “Music plus music integration” is one of their newest and most exciting programs. Schools integrate and involve music in every phase of learning from math to science to language arts. Music is involved throughout the school day and parents are invited to participate with their children in school learning centers with inviting music rooms and music gardens.
  • They have been have been a lead creator in a Music in Education National Consortium program that is unique, cutting-edge and transforming music education in the United States. It is currently being used in over 600 schools in 6 states.

The results:

  • A four-year study of 1,000 of our Bay Area at-risk “music circle” students indicated that these middle school students scored more than 50% better on GPA, and 50% better in attendance rate. The average rate for these children ending up in Juvenile Hall is 30% but for our children, it was 1%.

Why we need to support MuST:

  • I don’t think I need to explain what happens to public education when the economy is weak. What are your thoughts, personal experiences, comments about why music should be part of a school curriculum? Leave a comment.